UN official calls Hizballah cowards

Wednesday, July 26, 2006 |  by Staff Writer  

UN Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland arrived in Israel and will visit sites hit by Kaytusha rockets.

Egeland said that the Hizballah are “a bunch of cowards hiding behind women and children.”

Egeland criticized the Hizballah for taking pride in the fact that during the Israeli bombardments of Lebanon, only a few Hizballah fighters were hit, and the Lebanese civilians were the ones to bear the brunt of the casualties.

“I cannot understand how someone could be proud that there were more women and children hurt than armed militants. I call for the Hizballah to immediately stop mixing with the civilian population,” said Egeland.

Egeland adds that the Israeli action is a violation of international law and was amazed at the devastation caused by the Israeli air strikes. “The damage is simply horrible. We need to bring these hostilities to an end because this is a war where civilians pay the price.” In addition Egeland said that “Israel is right when they say that they do not wish to intentionally hurt the civilian population.” Having said that, Egeland accused Israel of using excessive force.

Today Egeland will meet with Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, who will accompany him on a tour of northern Israel.

Egeland is intent on coordinating humanitarian assistance efforts with Israel to Lebanon and establish a humanitarian air, sea, and land corridor.

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